ESFR is an interdisciplinary scientific association for European research on families and family relations. Its purpose is to serve as a network, to support and to link family research as well as to exchange its results. It has been established as a federation of family researchers and of family research institutes within Europe in the first place, but ESFR also welcomes researchers and institutes outside of Europe as affiliates.

ESFR congress “Families through the lens of diversity" in 2018, Porto (Portugal)

on maandag, 02 oktober 2017.

The 9th ESFR congress “Families through the lens of diversity” will take place at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Porto,  5th to 8th September, 2018. Welcome!

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Theme of the Congress is "Families through the lens of diversity"

In the beginning of the 21st century, European societies are confronted with many challenges such as inequalities, the integration of migrants and refugees, an aging population, a decrease in fertility and the ubiquity of social media and technology. At the same time, family relations have become more diverse and family remains one of the major areas of life investment for individuals. The 9th ESFR conference will be an opportunity to look at contemporary families and how they deal with these challenges in diverse ways.

Abstract submission and more information at the Congress website:

Important dates are

Abstract submission ends

Symposia: 21, January 2018 Oral communication and posters: 28 February, 2018

Abstract evaluation notification

18 February, 2018 (Symposia) 15 April, 2018 (Oral & Posters)

Early bird registration ends 31 May, 2018
Registration ends

31 July, 2018

Newsletter summer 2016 published

on donderdag, 18 augustus 2016.

Click here to read Newsletter (summer 2016)

Poster prize 2016 winner announced!

on donderdag, 22 september 2016.

The poster by Vera de Bel  & Matthijs Kalmijn was awarded the best poster prize in Dortmund 2nd September 2016! Congratulations!

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